4 Dec 2015

Life - A Story


When I sat to write today, nothing came to my mind. I wanted to make my 250th post a special one.. but then what should I write? Hmm.. I sipped my coffee as I looked outside my window. It was a pleasant morning. The trees were waving their branches in the breeze. The paperboy was pedaling his bicycle on the sidewalk of the street, taking the folded newspapers one by one out of the bag and throwing them at the doorsteps of random houses. People walking brisk to make their living already. Few thoughtful moments passed.. Should I write about Life? Well, Life?! So be it.

Some say life is awesome. Some say life is miserable. Some see life as pleasant while some see it as dismay. Life is beautiful and it is equally ugly. But do I have the experience or understanding to write about life? I’m about to find it out. Fine, let me write what I understood or at least what I saw.

But then as a writer, I wonder whether my readers understand what I’ve understood. Life throws us many questions and also answers them eventually. Well, to make people understand, I think I should write stories which they can relate with. Apparently, I should write 'their' stories. But whose story should I be writing?

Life’s a book, full of stories. We love reading stories in a journey. But every journey tells us a story. There are plenty of people everywhere. Which means lots of stories around us. I see many faces and try to read their stories.

The other day when I was waiting in a hospital with my Dad, I just looked around me. A young guy who was sitting next to us was talking to my Dad. He was an Engineering student in his second year. But after being diagnosed with a severe illness, his family had to spend for his medical expense. So he had to quit his college. Still he was hopeful of pursuing his studies. I saw his perseverance there.

That’s when a man came out of the Maternity Ward with tears in his eyes. Those were tears of joy as he was following the pediatrician with a baby in her arms, wrapped in a pink towel. It was a baby girl. That moment I felt, there starts a new story and a new chapter in the family.

After all life is full of hope everywhere. Behind me there stood a nurse and a janitor who were sharing their daily struggle at home. About how they were surviving the Chennai rains. Survival for them was, to never give up.

Another day when I stopped at a busy and rather a long signal, I noticed a guy on his bike, who was hooked to his mobile texting and sparkling a smile every now and then. Looked like he has a cute love story in store. There were worried faces, hurried faces and helping faces. For me it looked like a huge rack of books. I was just seeing the glimpse of their stories.

I used to go for an early walk in a park nearby to our home in Bangalore. It was more of reading people and relaxing for me than a fitness walk.

One day I saw a Muslim lady in her black abaya with her toddler son in the park. He was bit naughty and asking for chocolates all the time. While everyone were silently walking the trail in the defined path, the boy was hopping and running randomly. The little boy actually enlivened the scene and taught us the most valuable lesson that life has to be lived.

Life might look cruel at times, but happiness is everywhere. Some live with cherishing moments while some want to forget a few. That day I felt even the most beautiful fantasies are born out of real life stories.

Life is a perfect balance. Balance is the best thing that I’ve learnt from the stories of life. I’m constantly in pursuit of implementing this learning in every aspect of my life and writing. Perfect balance is not an extreme term, it’s an optimal term. A story is optimal for a reader when it strikes a perfect balance in it’s content and context.

I sat down after a stroll in the terrace. Opened my laptop, making the story my main course and a cup of hot coffee my side order. Of the people I saw, whose story should I write now? Perhaps not everyone’s story is exciting. Some will be conventional while most will take us by surprise. Tales about love and lust. Tales about heartbreak and pain. In this ocean of people, everyone has a story to tell. And every story has twists. And of course, every twists has an ending. And every end is just a new beginning.

When I look closer, I see everybody not only has a story. But everyone is a story and are waiting to be read. We are creating our own story in every day of our life. After all, life is a vast story by itself, isn’t it?

I started typing the title for my next story. Well, yes, I have a story to tell too.


P.S: By the way, this is my 250th blog post! :) 

Linking to Write Tribe's #MondayMusings

36 comments:

  1. Quote a story you have here of stories from all around. The one of man coming out holding the baby touched me.

    Congratulations on 250th 👍

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    1. I would love to quote a few in the future, including your favorite. Thanks Alok! :)

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  2. Congrats for your 250th post dear. It was a lovely read :)

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  3. Meera congratulations on the 250th post, life has allowed you wings through this blog as most of us feel about writing :) Your post made me reflect on so much, how everyday subtleties is life. Not the large dose of ups and downs we get affected with :)

    Here's to the next 250 :)

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    1. I'm happy to reflect your thoughts. Thanks for raising the toast, Richa! :)

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  4. So true. Every single being has a story to tell. We just need to stop by and listen. We are indeed blessed to have a platform like to share our stories. Aren't we?
    Congratulations on the 250th!

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    1. It is indeed a blessing Maliny. Thank you :)

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  5. Congrats gal! Must say this post is very interesting :)

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  6. congrats for 250th post, writers have privilege to write their life's story as well as story of others, nice relaxing post

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    1. We all share this privilege gladly. Thank you Cifar :)

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  7. Wow! 250! Indeed an achievement! And you have told this too so well. :)

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    1. Thanks Indrani. Keep visiting. :)

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  8. Congratulations on your 250th post! That's one incredible milestone!!!

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    1. Good to see you around. Thank you, Caterpillar. :)

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  9. 250th!!!!! Congratulations and celebrations....party toh banti hai girl!
    And you couldn't have chosen a better subject to write about, life and its colours....great going dear!

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    1. Thanks Leena. Party zaroor... ;)

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  10. Very simple and yet profound, Meera. A story with a clear message of living a balanced life. I could tell that you're quite a storyteller. Congratz for completing 250 post. I'm glad I'm here to be a part of it. :)

    Well, I'm going to purchase your book :)

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    1. Thank you Ravish and I'm glad to share this milestone with all my blogger buddies :)

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  11. Happy to read a page of your story :D

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  12. Congratulations! On your 250th post Meera. A life is after all a life. Whether it is well lived or struggled, it's a life. We can't regret for anything that life throws at us. Overcoming all the tragedies is always an amazing excitement :))

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    1. No-regrets is the first step in accepting life's challenge. Thank you Prasanna :)

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  13. This is a lovely read Meera. Small moments of happiness are to be cherished and fantasies are born out of real life stories. Wonderful!

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  14. I really enjoyed the positive tone of the post. Actually, I think in the same way. Life might be cruel to us at times, but after that the happiness multiplies itself ..isn't it? :-)

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    1. Positive energy multiplies the happiness in long term. Very true, thank you Maniparna. :)

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  15. Love the stories you etched and observed, made me smile and think hope is the only thing that matters. That's such an endearing and beautiful post:)

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    1. Making a reader smile and think, a best compliment for the writer. Thanks Vishal :)

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  16. Someone has gone philosophical overboard!! LOL... :P 250 is a sema milestone *clapping* keep writing :)

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    1. Life is all philosophy. :P Thank you Akash! :)

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  17. Very nice post. I love your outlook on these people around you.

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